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3 Most Popular Jobs in IT & How To Get Involved

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Growing up with the digital age and going through a recession has had a huge impact on the career choices many of us make in the modern age. Whilst traditional professions such as solicitors remain a popular choice for many graduates, job roles within the digital sphere are becoming increasingly more common where graduates are recognising a high demand and job security.

Roles within the IT sector such as programming, web design and support professionals are three of the most in-demand and rewarding jobs at this time, here’s the kind of work you’d be doing and how to get involved:

 Programmer

With a growth in tech start-ups there’s been a surge in UK IT jobs, and software development is a key area where these businesses need the most support.

Firstly, what is programming? Programmers are needed in all sorts of industries in businesses of all sizes and can be a hugely creative role too. They’re responsible for writing the code to ensure that our day to day needs are met and to also to support our leisure activities. For example, there’d be no Twitter without a programmer, they write code for websites, games and banking!

Whilst there’s no doubt that technical ability is needed, programming also requires good social and communication skill and an understanding that the code they’re writing has to be effective from a user’s point of view.

Web design

There’s often an assumption that web design is purely for creative people but there is a huge technical ability that goes behind becoming a successful web designer. Whether you’re working in-house or as part of an agency, your role as a web designer is hugely varied.

There are three options for where you could work as a web designer:

–          You could work for a single company where you’d be responsible for the main customer-facing website, making changes and keeping it maintained.

–          Working for an agency would mean you’d be working on briefs given by a number of different clients, your work would be varied but it might mean you have to work on briefs that you don’t find particularly exciting.

–          The third and final option is to be set yourself up as a freelance, self-employed web designer; here you’d have the opportunity to pick and choose which briefs you work on.

You have to not only be creative, technically skilled but also a receptive person who is able to digest and understand the vision of others and make it into a reality.

Good knowledge of HTML, CSS3 and Javascript are usually necessary, as well as qualifications in programmes such as Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash are beneficial if you’re starting a new career in IT. Awareness of subjects like search engine optimisation is also helpful.

Support professional

A support professional is no doubt the most social of jobs in the IT industry as you’ll be responsible for fixing computer problems with those you work with, you’ll also have to have huge amounts of patience!

Whilst there are clichés around support professionals fixing computers by turning them off and on again there is actually a lot technical knowledge needed for a role as a support professional. You’ll need to have a broad knowledge of issues and how to solve them as you’ll be the go-to person in your office.

This is a great role for someone who not only likes helping others but likes receiving a variety of tasks to complete rather than the same, repetitive job to complete day after day.

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